Czech police recommend charges against prime minister in fraud case – POLITICO

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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš | Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images

Andrej Babiš, who denies wrongdoing, could face jail term if convicted.



Police in the Czech Republic have recommended that charges be filed against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and several others in a case involving the alleged misuse of EU funds.

Czech police “ended the investigation” and the file “was submitted to the public prosecutor, together with a motion to bring an indictment,” said a spokesperson for the Municipal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Prague.

“The prosecutor will now study the file in detail and then decide to file the indictment or settle the case differently,” the spokesperson added.

The Czech prime minister, who has repeatedly rejected allegations of wrongdoing in the so-called Stork’s Nest case, did not respond to a request for comment.

If convicted in the case — in which it is alleged that Babiš illegally accepted €2 million in EU subsidies related to a farm and convention center — the prime minister could face several years in jail.

The EU’s anti-fraud agency, OLAF, found irregularities in the Stork’s Nest case, and the European Commission is in the process of preparing a report on a possible conflict of interest involving Babiš. Late last year, the European Parliament adopted a…

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